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Love Outside The Box: A Guide To Self Love Paperback – March 13, 2017
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In his ground breaking new book Love Outside the Box, author and relationships expert Deane Thomas encourages readers to begin their journey toward satisfying and permanent love by first looking within themselves.
The book is a treasure trove of excellent advice and commentary on the subject of love -- both of self and others. And Thomas, through insightful commentary and personal anecdotes, will soon stimulate your own "out of the box" thinking on this critical subject.
"We learn from the moment of conception," Thomas says. "But the constant within us remains a pure love energy. We are created in love, and our basis for existence is love. Indeed,the very essence of our creation is love."
In addition, he asserts that love is a powerful energy that takes us over if we truly allow it to.
For generations, and, in fact, as far back as humans have roamed the planet, we have been trying to decipher and make sense of the emotion of love -- with its myriad of manifestations and applications. In the final analysis, however, love is intensely personal and is the vivid force that speaks most directly to us --and to our souls.
A little further on in the book, Thomas asserts that barriers to love are everywhere and we must be constantly vigilant, lest we go astray in our search. "The current moment bears no relationship to the past," he says. "But the ego-mind will use the past to torment the present and the future. This activity hinders us from truly experiencing what we should be encountering or feeling."
He goes on to point out that, in times of crisis, we tend to go into defensive or offensive mode, and"our ego-mind comes out in its full glory." This is, however, perfectly normal and to be expected. But it is how we follow through with our actions that determine a constructive outcome.
One thing is for sure, he adds. We can never regret anything we have experienced in this life. "There is no right or wrong," Thomas says. "There are simply lessons we learn."
Childhood should be a happy time, with liberal doses of love being heaped upon each and every child. But the author, relating that regular abuse -- verbal and physical -- was laid upon him in his youth, says that, sadly, unconditional love is increasingly not the norm around the world.
"The amount of time children spend in healthy loving environments is slowly eroding," Thomas says, "which in the long term is not (going to be) beneficial for the evolution of the human race." What happened to us as a child was not our responsibility, he goes on to clarify, and never will be. "But, somehow, we have to make peace with this unhappy fact."
The baggage we carry is so often not ours. "We carry other people's issues and opinions so that we may keep them happy, or protect them in some way," he states. "Placing yourself first is the key to happiness going forward." And, he adds, "You can decide who will be part of your life journey in the future."
In the section on Spirituality and the Soul Journey, Thomas really drives home his theme of early childhood being key to future happiness in terms of self-love and feelings of self worth.
"Throughout the first years of life, we are NOT taught what love is; we are shown instead, through association and example from others, that love is associated only with an external existence and is shared between those with whom we are close (our family and friends). In effect, then, society is conditioning each and everyone, from the minute we are born, on what love is and how to express it."
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From the Author
My life journey has taken me to some amazing places in theworld, where I have connected with some amazing people. It has been anadventure, to say the least. But it has allowed me to truly see the way we haveevolved. There have been many times I have known and felt something deepinside, guiding me sometimes down paths better left alone. But I have returneda better person, stronger for the experience.
The past few years especially have been spent trying to getto know "Who I am," and why certain things keep happening. I havetherefore been led to retreat into solitude -- to reflect upon the set of coreissues that continue -- without careful monitoring -- to cause me to havedoubts and feelings of diminished self-worth.
I want you to learn why you might be having similarself-doubts - and to learn what you can do about them.
Love Outside The Box is the culmination of mydesire to help others. This guide will help you to see clearly things you mightnot want to see -- but things that, when confronted -- will help you heal andbe made whole again. Only through a commitment and investment into self can wetruly appreciate and experience the power we possess. For, in the finalanalysis, love is an awesome power we all possess and can share withoutconditions or expectations.
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